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9 Things Employees Need Right NOW

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by Jim Funk

Note: This article was taken from part of the presentation during the Dare to Care Webinar held on April 28, 2020, entitled “Small Business and the Pandemic.” This event was sponsored by New City Press, Living City Magazine, and EoC North American Association. The full hour of the event can be viewed on YouTube here.

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Many of us think of our jobs as more than just a way of earning a living. We seek meaning in what we do, and most of us really want to do a good job. We value things like our relationships with co-workers, and in some roles we have strong relationships with customers, suppliers, partners, and (usually) our boss. But much has changed in the last few months during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For many employees, jobs and income are not as secure as they once were, and there is uncertainty about the future.

Will my company bounce back? Will my job change? Will I have job security again?

There is a lot of fear in both the known, and the unknown. Employees are missing a lot of the things that are meaningful to them, and they have different needs during this time.

I recently interviewed a young couple, Grant and Kathleen, to hear from them firsthand what they are experiencing and what they need during this time. Grant is an essential worker, and he’s at his office five days a week because some of the staff needs to be on site. Kathleen is a teacher working from home using online learning systems.

Although we find ourselves in a variety of new working arrangements during the pandemic, we all need many of the same fundamental things.  As leaders, it’s helpful to keep this in mind as we help our team members navigate this difficult time.

Here are the top things Grant said he needs from his employer, and how they are meeting his needs:

1) To know that his employer has a plan for this kind of situation, what the protocols are, what he can expect, and what is expected of him. With good foresight, this company did in fact have a strong plan for sustainability and work continuity in a crisis such as this.

2)  To know that his employer cares about his well-being and is providing him with protective measures. They moved the employees’ work spaces to create social distance. If someone reported feeling ill at all, they sent everyone home, closed the office for two days, and had a contractor come in and do deep cleaning. They also added ways to go through office doors and open bathroom doors without touching them.

3) To stay informed about the state of the company through the pandemic and how the business is doing, to have some sense of ongoing job security. This company provided regular information on their status, what was happening in their market, and encouraging words from their CEO daily.

4) To allow flexibility for personal responsibilities. Employees need to be able to take care of sick relatives, help kids with schoolwork, and take care of household responsibilities. Again this employer has been very flexible with employees, whether working from home or at the office, and set clear guidelines for them.

5) To know he is appreciated, especially during this time, for being adaptable and as available as possible to work under these new conditions. Grant’s company already has a good recognition program, but they have added some fun games such as “show and tell” where you are, and “karaoke sing along” videos just to lighten the work day a little.

Here are the top things Kathleen said she needs from her employer, and how they are meeting her needs:

1) To have good instruction and clarity on what was expected in working from home. The principal provided all the teachers with guidelines and protocols for on-line learning and schedules.

2) To have the equipment and software needed to do her job. When her laptop gave out, for example, the school provided her with another one immediately.

3) To maintain a sense of community and connection from afar. Kathleen has regular teacher zoom sessions, as well as google classroom sessions with the students so they can all stay connected to each other.

4) To reduce anxiety by proactively incorporating fun and humor into the daily routine. They had a “crazy hair day” where staff members and students were able to add some laughter to their regular video chats.

These lists are a great starting point for leaders to assess how well they are serving their teams.  But it doesn’t stop here. Leaders should regularly ask employees what they need, whether they are working from home or on site. And all of the best practices for managing team members are even more important now, such as frequent and transparent communication, and having empathy.

This kind of holistic, person-centered and inspired leadership builds company unity, employee loyalty, and takes care of what we value most: our people.

 

Jim Funk is a consultant who helps leaders, teams and organizations discover and develop their full potential. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Consulus Global Network, an international consultancy, and President of his consulting firm J L Funk & Associates. Jim is passionate in believing that strong leadership competence combined with the leader’s personal characteristics, values and virtues are key to achieving goals and driving business results. Jim has served on various boards and commissions, and is currently a member of the Economy of Communion in North America Commission.

 

Upcoming Business Communion Opportunity: May 6, 2020

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May 4, 2020

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Need Communion? Join the Monthly EoC North America Hearth Wed, May 6, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP  

This month’s webinar will focus on “Applying Chiara’s Colors: RED for Your Business in COVID-19 Times.”

Together we will share our best practices –and our questions– on how to live out communion within our businesses during our current phase of COVID-19 constraints. Does our business mission incorporate communion? How do we build communion among dispersed workers? How do we address the pressures of tighter cash flow? None of us feels like we have many answers. But all of us together can discover what God is teaching us through these days of challenge and how we might encourage one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).

CLICK HERE TO RSVP for our Wed. May 6, 10am EST time of communion.

FUTURE DATES: Here are dates and times for upcoming EoC webinars:

  • Wed., June 3, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., July  1, 10am, EST.
  • Wed.,  August 5, 10am, EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

Webinar: “Small Business and the Pandemic–How do you #DareToCare for ALL Stakeholders?” April 28 1pm EST

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Apr 22, 2020

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“Small Business and the Pandemic—How to #DareToCare for ALL Stakeholders”

Click here to view the April 28, 1pm EST webinar: Small Businesses and the Pandemic Apr. 28 Webinar Recording

Whatever stakeholder you are in the small business ecosystem, you probably feel like you’re on a plane that’s in a COVID-19 induced high-altitude tailspin. Whatever your role, you’re wondering what YOU can do to get the plane back to cruising altitude.

Jon Hokama, Economy of Communion North America Coordinator,  will facilitate a team of seasoned business executive panelists to help you get on your O2 “mask” and inspire you to consider your part in meeting the needs of ALL small business stakeholders to get you back to cruising altitude:

  • Callibrating Current Business Conditions: Jon Hokama
  • The Needs of Owners/CEOs: Nick Sanna
  • The Needs of Employees: Jim Funk
  • The Needs of Customers and Competitors: John Mundell
  • The Needs of Your Community: Dr. John Gallagher

During the second half of our time together, we  will be answering your questions about how you can serve your business stakeholders through this season of high turbulence.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE Small Businesses and the Pandemic Apr. 28 Webinar Recording

Panelist Biographies

Jon Hokama, Economy of Communion, North America Coordinator, is President of Jon Hokama and Associates, LLC  , a business consulting firm specializing in Enneagram-based executive coaching and strategic planning for business owners and their firms.

Nicola (Nick) Sanna, is EoC Commissioner and CEO of  RiskLens . He is responsible for the overall leadership and the definition and the execution of the company strategic positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategies.

Jim Funk is an EoC Commissioner and Chairman of Consulus Global Network, Global Head of Leadership Transformation for Consulus and President of J L Funk & Associates, an Economy of Communion business formed in 2010.

John Mundell is EoC Commissioner and President and CEO of Mundell and Associates, Inc., an earth science, environmental and water resources consulting firm founded in 1995 as an Economy of Communion business based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. John Gallagher is Professor of Management at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee  and author of Structures of Grace: Business Practices of the Economy of Communion (New City Press, 2014).

Click here to access the “Small Businesses and the Pandemic” Apr. 28 Webinar Recording.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

Upcoming Business Communion Opportunities: May 6, 2020 AND for SMALL BIZ STAKEHOLDERS

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Apr 17, 2020

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Need Communion? Join the Monthly EoC North America Hearth Wed, May 6, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP  

This month’s webinar will focus on “Applying Chiara’s Colors: RED for Your Business in COVID-19 Times.”

Together we will share our best practices –and our questions– on how to live out communion within our businesses during our current phase of COVID-19 constraints. Does our business mission incorporate communion? How do we build communion among dispersed workers? How do we address the pressures of tighter cash flow? None of us feels like we have many answers. But all of us together can discover what God is teaching us through these days of challenge and how we might encourage one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).

CLICK HERE TO RSVP for our Wed. May 6, 10am EST time of communion.

SMALL BUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS SAVE THIS DATE: April 28, 1pm EST: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

FUTURE DATES: Here are dates and times for upcoming EoC webinars:

  • Wed., June 3, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., July  1, 10am, EST.
  • Wed.,  August 5, 10am, EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

Next Monthly EOC Webinar: April 1, 2020

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March 20, 2020

 

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Join the Monthly EoC North America Hearth Wed, April 1, 10am, EST. CLICK HERE TO RSVP 

Continuing in the spirit of the Focolare/Economy of Communion gathering in San Antonio, Texas, we will keep holding monthly “Hearth” Webinars.

This month’s webinar will focus on “Chiara’s Charism: Antidote for COVID-19 Distress.”

Together we will share our best practices –and our questions– on how to practice self-care and to love and support co-workers, clients and neighbors in the current environment. None of us feels like we have many answers. But all of us together can discover what God is teaching us through these days of challenge and how we might encourage and support one another to love and to do good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).

FUTURE DATES: Be sure to add the following dates to your calendar:

  • Wed.,  May 6, 10am, EDT
  • Wed.,  June 3, 10am, EDT
  • Wed.,  July 1, 10am, EDT

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

2nd Monthly EOC Call Mar 4, 2020

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Feb 20, 2020

eoclogoalt3Come Join the 2nd EoC North America Hearth Wed, Mar 4, 10am, EST. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

We are delighted that a number of you were a part of the Focolare/Economy of Communion gathering Jan. 17-18, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. It was great to have so many also join us for our first “Hearth” Webinar on Feb. 5.

This coming month’s webinar will address the question of how EoC businesses might best receive the “gift of need.” Business professor Dr. Andy Gustafson, whose EoC business is employer of former homeless folks, will be joining us.

Together we will explore best practices to love and support employees and clients coming out of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and poverty.

Our second meeting will be Wed, Mar 4, 10am, EST. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

In addition, we will have time for each of us to share and experience the unity we have in Christ, to reflect on our vocational experiences since the conference and discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our work going forward.

We’ll also have an extended time to share questions about your current work or business.

FUTURE DATES: The following dates and times are set tentatively:

  • Wed., March 4, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., April 1, 10am, EST.
  • Wed.,  May 6, 10am, EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

Monthly EOC Calls Starting Feb 5, 2020

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We are delighted that a number of you were a part of the Economy of Communion gathering Jan. 17-18, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

This year we’ll be encouraging you to take concrete steps in communion to live out Chiara Lubich’s charism.

We will be hosting monthly calls to give you a chance to experience the unity we have in Christ, to reflect on your vocational experience since the conference, and discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance for your work going forward.

Our first meeting will be Wed, Feb. 5, 10am, EST. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

We will begin with an overview of the last session of the San Antonio EoC conference, “Supporting an Economy of Communion: Steps toward an Economy that Works for All,”  which was facilitated by Catholic University of America Dean Andrew Abela.

In our webinar, we’ll focus on questions such as:

  • How do EOC members and businesses function differently from other employees or businesses in some business domains like Marketing, Leading and Selling?
  • What do EoC businesses or practitioners do to transform the gravitational center of their companies from bottom-line/profit to relationship/unity?
  • How can we help you create a community of EOC workers and business owners in your city?

In addition, we will confirm future webinar topics that will be of greatest interest to EoC members.

FUTURE DATES: The following dates and times are set tentatively:

  • Wed., March 4, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., April 1, 10am, EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

EoC to co-host a conversation with Jeffrey Sachs on the “Economy of Francesco”

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Please join the International Humanistic Management Association and Economy of Communion Association for a conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, on how we can all contribute to humanizing our economy.


Date: Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm (EDT)
Location: Web conferencing. Details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received
RSVP here

Transforming Business Practice series as hosted by IHMA as a Executive Development format. It is co-sponsored by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.


Topic for this Conversation: “Towards The Economy of Francesco”- Pope Francis and the vision of an inclusive economy.


Please join Jeffrey Sachs for a conversation about Pope Francis’ initiative to change the economy to be in service of life.

The conversation, facilitated by Elizabeth Garlow (Coordinator of Economy of Communion, North America), and Michael Pirson (Fordham University, Director of the Center for Humanistic Management), author of Humanistic Management (Cambridge, 2017), will explore what we can do to move towards a more enlightened and enlivening form of economic practice.


Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


The Economy of Francesco initiative:
The Economy of Francesco is an international meeting between young scholars and activists in the field of Economics, convened by Pope Francis.

The title of the event clearly refers to the saint of Assisi, an example par excellence of care for the least of the earth and for an integral ecology, but it also refers to Pope Francis.  Ever since he wrote Evangelii Gaudium and then Laudato Si’, he has denounced the pathological state of so much of the world ‘s economy extending an invitation to put in place a new economic model.
The Holy Father met with the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino and the economist Luigino Bruni, Professor of Political Economy at Lumsa because of his genuine concern for the world. The idea of addressing the challenges of the economy, starting from the thought and economic action of young people, was supported enthusiastically by the Holy Father. This resulted in a call addressed to young economists and entrepreneurs of the world.
The organization of the event The Economy of Francesco. Young people, a pact, the future – Assisi 2020 immediately required the setting up of a Committee to get to work organising all that is necessary for the preparation of such an important initiative. The Diocese of Assisi, the Seraphic Institute, the Municipality of Assisi and the Economy of Communion are all members of the committee, in regular contact with Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Department for the Service of Integral Human Development, who is the patron of the initiative. For more information click here:https://francescoeconomy.org/

The Name of the Economy of Christmas is Communion

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There is a lot of economy in that cave in Bethlehem. There lies the most powerful image of the “economy of salvation”, of that mysterious, divine and human 
convenience that turned the Word of God into a Child.

There are also workers (shepherds) present, Joseph a carpenter is also present, the animals of the stable are also there, which in that ancient economy were the first elements of production. There is a young woman, Mary, who knew about domestic economy and primary relationships.

The economics of money and the economy of the Kingdom confronted each other around that manger, a comparison that would later become a constant in the teachings of Jesus. The Inns that is, the Bethlehem businesses, did not have ‘room’ for that birth. A family, however, perhaps just one person, among the people of Bethlehem, found room for them in the only place he or she had available: a stable. And so the economy of Christmas was Communion. A certain type of economy did not find room, because all the spaces available were already occupied, and another kind of economy gave way to a new process. The economics of space and the economics of processes, the economy of Francis and the economy of Bernardine, the bareness of the Child of Bethlehem and the bareness of that ‘poor man’ of Assisi.

Looking at our world today, we must admit that it was not the economy of the Cave or that of Francis that ended up becoming the economy that rules the business surrounding Christmas, all holidays and all weekdays. Profit continues to win and the gift to be bare.

Even today, however, faced with the bareness of children and the poor around the world, we need to ask ourselves what kind of economy we want. Each approaching Christmas Day asks us the same question every year: which side are you on? What is your economy?

Merry Christmas! And Good Economy.


(this article was first published on the blog of edc-online.org. on December 24th, 2019)

Registrations are open for the 2020 Meeting of the Economy of Communion

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CL_Logo_A_posThe next meeting of the North American Association of the Economy of Communion (EoC) will be held in San Antonio, TX on January 17-18, 2020, as part of a wider event titled ‘A Hearth for the Human Family‘, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the founder of the EoC and of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich.

From its humble origins in Trent, Italy during World War II to the Focolare Movement’s current extension throughout the globe, people who live a spirituality of unity aim to create a warm and open spaces of mutual care, concern and acceptance across every form of social, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious and political difference.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Focolare founder Chiara Lubich, this interactive event delves into how a spirituality of unity might help us to build community in the midst of cultural and political polarization.

View the Agenda and Register